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43 Forum: Dr. Otis Moss Jr.

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19 Action News's Harry Boomer begins each 43 Forum by asking his guests this very question, "Tell us a little something about yourself?" Delving into who a person is, before exploring what it is that they do. This forum begins by delving into the background of a man who genuinely is what he does. A man who's personal beliefs so strongly defines the life he leads, it enabled him to help pave paths for others to believe they can do things they dream possible.

This man is Reverend Dr. Otis Moss Jr. he describes the area he grew up in LaGrange, Georgia as true country; especially due to his living on a farm. It was a segregated Jim Crow racist community surrounding the Reverend and his family, yet Dr. Otis Moss Jr. remembers how he found means of not only survival but growth and development through his parents, a loving community, his church and school.

It was the platform of survival and growth that led Otis to Morehouse College. There he forged friendships with College President, Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Dr. Martin Luther King Sr. and his friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. which starting in his early college days. Leading from there into the Civil Rights Movement, the Student Sit In Movement, jailhouses and the path he has now followed for more than 50 years which brought him to Cleveland in 1975.

Dr. Moss marched and spoke out during the Civil Rights Movement, and as America continues to struggle towards a more perfect union today, Reverend Otis Moss Jr. thinks in many respects we are closer to that union, but that as a nation we still face many challenges before that is completely fulfilled.

Otis Moss holds his personalized and autographed copy of his friend Dr. Martin Luther King's, last book Where Do We Go From Here. To him, this question still rings clearly as he reflects on the heels of several anniversaries such as the anniversary of the Birmingham Movement, the anniversary of the letter from a Birmingham jail, the anniversary of the Great March, and the anniversary of the Globalization of the Human Rights Civil Rights Freedom Struggle. These past events in history lend well to teachable moments, according to the Reverend.

Continuing on his platform of survival and growth in the words of Reverend Dr. Otis Moss Jr., "It's a struggle and we must struggle from generation to generation to keep democracy alive. The dream that Dr. King talked about is not something to be celebrated as a finished product. It is something to be adopted in every generation and every heart, every home, every legislative hall. And the moment we even dare announce that the movement, the struggle is over, we retard progress and become either intentionally or unintentionally hanging within justice because we announce that justice has come when we are still experiencing injustice."

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